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  • A Land Remembered

  • By: Patrick D. Smith
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical tale

  • By Boysmom on 04-10-15

A great way to understand Florida history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

A great way to understand Florida history, real Americana, with fine characters and dates with context

  • Blueprint

  • How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
  • By: Robert Plomin
  • Narrated by: Robert Plomin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent life-long sources of our psychological individuality - the blueprint that makes us who we are. This, says Plomin, is a game-changer. It calls for a radical rethinking of what makes us who were are. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A milestone book

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-20-18

A milestone book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I began learning about DNA nearly 40 years ago. Since that time the advances made in our ability to understand the implications of DNA, and how to modify it, have been incredible. This book does an excellent job of reviewing the advances and discussing the implications of this research.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,919
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,839

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

A truly great American novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

It helps you understand America and it teaches timeless lessons in integrity, fair treatment, and honesty.

  • A History of the Jews

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By David on 06-06-09

A terrific and readable history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Both entertaining and insightful. I wish I had read it years ago particularly as a genealogist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sex Matters

  • How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense
  • By: Mona Charen
  • Narrated by: Mona Charen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

Sex Matters tracks the price we have paid for denying sex differences and stoking the war of the sexes - family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional as well as a wife and mother, Mona Charen calls for a sexual ceasefire for the sake of women, men, and children. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for feminists and nonfeminists

  • By Jon on 06-24-19

A terrific book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

this book helped me more clearly understand the awful consequences of much of the societal meddling of the past 50 years. I, like the author, had signed on to many of the initiatives with Great Hopes. the result of these initiatives has been a weakening of our society with it's worse consequences for the poor and other unfortunates.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

Terrific autobiography by a remarkable individual

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I bought this book because of the number of positive references I had heard about it. It was surprisingly good and entertaining.

  • Chasin' the Wind

  • A Mad Mick Murphy Mystery
  • By: Michael Haskins
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Chasin’ the Wind nails the colorful and often violent action in both Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. It navigates corruption and small town politics in the southernmost city of the United States. It bumps into a scheme to topple Cuba's communist government and throws Cuban exiles and military deserters, neurotic federal agents, plus a few unique Key Westers into a brew that promises international repercussions."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Key West story

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-25-11

A great Key West story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-11

I've lived in Key West a long time and know the veracity of this book. Reading Michael's book is like being here. If you want to step away from where you are, and step into the reality of Key West, you'll enjoy spending time with Mad Mick in my hometown and Havana. And I've been there too (long story).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Warfare

  • By: John Keegan
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Starting with the premise that all civilizations owe their origins to warmaking, Keegan probes the meanings, motivations, and methods underlying war in different societies over the course of more than two thousand years. Following the progress of human aggression in its full historical sweep, from the strangely ritualistic combat of Stone Age peoples to the warfare of mass destruction in the present age, his illuminating and lively narrative gives us all the world's great warrior cultures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complete, Informative, and Insightful

  • By Dan on 11-07-05

Terrific Keegan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-10

I found this a terrific review of war over the millenia. Many insights, frequent references to the validity of Clausewitz's views. I wish I'd had Keegan as a professor.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Compleat Gentleman

  • The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry
  • By: Brad Miner
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good argument (with a single near-fatal flaw)

  • By Eric on 06-29-05

Being a gentleman is living a tradition

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-05

This book is far more than a manners guide. It speaks deeply to the largely Western traditions of honor, valor, consideration for others, and yes, manners and the special care for women. These things are skipped over in schools today, to our diminishment. The world would be a better place if men strove more towards becoming gentlemen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ireland

  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Musical Reading

  • By Claire on 03-15-05

Terrific listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-05

I loved the classic stories of Ireland and the story of Roland and his search. Usually I listen to non-fiction. This book had enough of great legends, their application to the modern day, truth that had been burnished, and facts about Ireland that it was a very satisfying book to listen to. And I found the author the perfect reader.